Thursday, May 28, 2009

Busted Cinelli

I just got an email from Gal:
Here's a nice picture of my busted Cinelli Man Machine.
Was riding about 20 MPH in a classic bump filled Tel Aviv road.
Had to enter a small hole in the asphalt to avoid a car that left me no other choice.
I managed to avoid the car...
Broken fork, broken collar bone.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Broken Yeti

This is stop.motion's story about his Yeti that broke on it's first ride:
Ended up having to send the frame back to Oregon because Yeti wouldn't take responsibility for the weakness claiming that the frame probably developed this weakness in transport (since I bought my frame online from a shop in Oregon). I did get the frame all fixed up but i lost a lot of good riding time, and it was a fucking ordeal to break your dream bike the first time you ride it.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Argon 18 Krypton

This Argon 18 frame cracked near the bottom bracket and where the seat stays join the seat tube. Less than 20,000km on the frame.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Trek Pilot

Steve sent me these photos and story:
The rider of this trek was passing a truck that was turning left, and another car turned left in front of the truck, and hit the rider. It was on a 550 mile charity ride, the New England Classic. The rider broke both arms, and was taken home after being released from the hospital. He's returned to the trip in following years, and has managed to keep his bike shiny side up ever since. The worst part is the brand-new bike wasn't even his, it belonged to Trek and was a part of a free test ride program.
Ouch. I guess breaking somebody else's bike is better than breaking your own, but it still sucks.

I'm always looking for new photos of broken bikes, if you have any, please send them to me.


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Derailleur Hanger Fail

This derailleur hanger failed to do it's job and save the frame. As Clive explains:
[It] was damaged by the good folks at UPS. Insurance covers the cost but nothing mends the broken heart.
Such a small amount of damage, but the frame is done.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Look Carbon Stem

Another broken carbon stem. I'll let Chris explain:
Broke out of nowhere with no warning whatsoever. Went from sitting to standing on a small incline, and first pedal stroke... crack and down. This stem had gotten some decent mileage and use, but I will be switching to all aluminum steering from now on ... not including fork. I believe this is a look branded easton ea90. Came out of it relatively minor. Mainly right elbow trauma and minor road rash and a chainring gash.
Yikes. He's lucky he was going slow when it broke.